EXCLUSIVE: Tom Brokaw bought an ice-cream scoop

As you may already know, the self proclaimed “sex-kitten” Eartha Kitt died on Christmas day. She was most famous for her song “Santa Baby” and her role as Catwoman on the 1960s ridiculously awesome Batman show.

Kitt lived in Pound Ridge throughout the 1990s before moving to Connecticut. Joan Silbersher, who runs Antiques & Tools of Business & Kitchen in Pound Ridge, told me Kitt was a frequent customer.

“She used to walk by regularly with her dog wearing these weights on her ankles,” Silbersher said. “She was a very attractive woman. She was so fit and so charming.”

Silbersher said her store is also frequented by other celebs that live in the northern Westchester area, including Richard Gere, Tom Brokaw and Martha Stewart.

Wanna know what they buy from her store? Come on, you know you care.

Get this, Tom Brokaw bought an ice cream scoop there over the summer! For some reason, I find that hilarious. Picture a journalism titan who has squared off with some of the world’s most destructive dictators… scooping some Rocky Road into a bowl and dousing it with fruity sprinkles.

(I wonder if Tom Brokaw hums the NBC Nightly News theme song right before he makes himself a yummy snack.)

As you know, Richard Gere owns the Bedford Post Inn. So what’s he buying for his restaurant?

“Richard and his wife came through recently buying a copper boiler,” Silbersher said. “He said he was going to use it as an ice container for his restaurant.”

Using a copper boiler as an ice-container? Talk about a fashion no-no, that’s soooo 2005!

Now, Martha Stewart is a domestic doyen. I’m sure she hits up Silbersher’s store all the time.

“Actually, ever since Martha went to prison, she hasn’t come through at all,” Silbersher said.

Hmm, coincidence???

I’m really hoping you’ve caught onto my sarcasm in this post.

(AP Photo /Gino Domenico)

Martha chats about new book with the Journal News

Heather Salerno scored an interview with Martha Stewart (I’ve  been trying for months, grrr) this week about her new book, Martha Stewart’s Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook.tjndc5-5c1uunryhx05eacyg52_original.jpg

Martha tells Salerno about some of her guilty pleasures, including a “Papaya King hot dog with sauerkraut and mustard.”

Oh Martha, you naughty girl.

Check out Salerno’s interview here.

We’re getting word that Martha will be in White Plains on Saturday signing copies of the book. Get a chance to meet the domestic titan at the Williams Sonoma store in The Westchester Mall beginning at noon.

(AP Photo/John Smock)

Legion of LoHud celebs donates artistic skills to benefit Brewster charity

The Columbus Day Parade has gone to the dogs!

Well, art shaped like dogs. Whatever. It’s a good cause. Stay with me here.

This Monday, the artwork of celebrities – many with a connection to the Lower Hudson Valley – will be paraded down the streets of New York City as part of an initiative to raise money for a Brewster charity.

gere.jpgAbout 30 celebs painted life-sized fiberglass dogs that will be aboard a float in the city’s Columbus Day Parade. Among the artistic celebs with a local connection are Pound Ridge residents Richard Gere (pictured) and Clive Davis; Bedford residents Chevy Chase, Glenn Close, Robert Kennedy Jr., Paul Shaffer and Martha Stewart; Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams; North Salem resident and John Jay High School alumnus Stanley Tucci; and former Putnam County resident Judge Judy Sheindlin.

The money raised through a subsequent auction will benefit Green Chimneys, a 60-year-old non-profit organization that operates a special education school, a residential treatment center for children and a farm and wildlife rehabilitation center in Brewster. The auction ends Nov. 1.

For the rest of October, the dogs will be on display at the TimeWarner Center in Columbus Circle.

Among the other celebrities to apply their palates to fake pups were Fiona Apple, Rachael Ray, Robin Quivers, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Goodall, Cyndi Lauper, Soledad O’Brien, Joe Piscopo, Mike Richter and Bill Walton.

Check out and bid on all the dogs at www.CharityFolks.com and learn more about Green Chimneys at www.GreenChimneys.org.

(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Martha Stewart to give TV tour of her Bedford home

YES! Martha Stewart will give viewers a tour of her Bedford estate during the season premiere of her show on Monday. aleqm5jdrzcx1iqeuv2svuytdhtkyoi4ja.jpeg

Apparently she’ll be entertaining her studio audience there, as indicated by the table setup she has going on in the pic I posted.

If you live here in New York, its going to be on at 11 a.m. on WNBC (Channel 4 on most service providers).

(AP Photo/The Martha Stewart Show, Anders Krusberg)

Martha Stewart to be honored in Bedford

Next month, Westchester Community College’s Native Plant Center will present the first ever Acorn Award to Martha Stewart, for her dedication to gardening.tjndc5-5c1uunryhx05eacyg52_original.jpg

Who knows if Martha will bring her arborist along.

If you want to check it out, perhaps even get a chance to meet Martha, the event is taking place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club. Tickets aren’t cheap though, it’s also a fundraiser so individual tickets start at $350.

(AP Photo/John Smock)

Martha Stewart blesses new show poking fun of her

Martha, Martha, Martha! The Bedford resident is quite the star on Suburbarazzi today.

Hat tip to the New York Times on this one. Apparently there will be a new show this fall called “Whatever, Martha!” that will make fun of her by dubbing clips of her old cooking and crafts show.

tjndc5-5ebk9owypzm12xct3eak_original.jpg

Martha has every reason to give a thumbs up to the show. After all, her daughter Alexis Stewart will be one of the hosts of the show. Better yet, Martha came up with the idea one night after watching an episode of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, the cult show famous for comedically dubbing cheesy movies.

Martha Stewart + Mystery Science Theatre 3000 = Why I love being a human being.

The show will premiere on Sept. 16 on Martha Stewart’s Fine Living Network. That show is soooo getting TiVo’d.

(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Martha Stewart’s Farm Gets Hit by Lightning — Twice!

Martha Stewart today said on her blog that lightning yesterday struck two trees on her Bedford farm. She said in recent months her farm has been a frequent target for lightning.

tjndc5-5c1uuoic3w41agq20g52_original1.jpg The post is a Martha classic. I love when she says “I’m waiting to hear the assessment from my arborist.” That’s when you know you got money, when you can afford an arborist. Sure Jay-Z owns a bunch of businesses and part of an NBA sports team, but can he say that he has an arborist? Didn’t think so.

Blogs come a dime a dozen these days and its hard to find good ones worth reading regularly. But Martha’s blog is always entertaining.

(AP Photo/Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Anders Krusberg)

Martha Stewart Blogs Her Trip to Bedford DMV

Hat tip to Mr. Walter Barrett for alerting me about this one.

martha.jpg

Martha Stewart on Friday went to the DMV in Bedford to renew her license and decided to share a tale about the trek with her loyal blog readers.

Only Martha would blog about the most uneventful errand in the history of the universe. I haven’t laughed so hard in a while. I would have killed to be in the DMV that day. She posted tons of pictures of her waiting in line, that I’m sure one of her assistants took.

You really need to give Martha her props though. She’s the only woman that I know of that can wear a white knitted scarf to the DMV. Me on the other hand, I wore a Tribe Called Quest shirt that had a Taco Bell stain on it. Classy.

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin Ii)

Paired with vintage Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse will be seen at same BAM time, different BAM channel

It’s not an Emeril Lagasse story without a pun involving the word “Bam!”, is it?

emeril-martha.jpg According to Yahoo!, the outspoken chef will be moving his show from the Food Network. He’ll be setting up shop — er, kitchen — for the Fine Living Network and paired up with a show featuring Bedford resident Martha Stewart. The chef’s show will keep its 7 p.m. time slot when it debuts July 7.

In February, Stewart’s company bought out his line of cookbooks, TV shows and kitchen products for $50 million, but Lagasse retains control of his restaurants. And that’s a good thing.

It’s not a Martha Stewart story without a pun involving “It’s a good thing,” is it?

(AP Photo/The Martha Stewart Show, Anders Krusberg)

Not a good thing: Martha Stewart’s dog Paw Paw dies

martha.jpgPour a little kibble onto the floor. Martha Stewart’s nearly 13-year-old dog, Paw Paw, died of renal failure Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

The Bedford resident used her blog to thank commenters for their well-wishes, post photos of the adorable pooch and grieve a bit. Turns out one of Paw Paw’s vets works out of South Salem:

<blockquote><div>

Paw Paw was a spectacular chow and an even more spectacular dog. He was always my loyal companion, displaying the most agreeable temperament. Paw Paw loved traveling with me and was always a willing model for the camera. In addition to taking part in television commercials and several national print ads, he has been part of numerous photo shoots and is a familiar face on my television show, in my magazine, and on this blog. Paw Paw’s veterinarians, Dr. Thomas Marsh of Fairfield, CT and Dr. Marty Goldstein of South Salem, NY also admired his easy-going nature, and caring for him was never a chore. Even in his final days, Paw Paw just stopped eating and drifted off to deep sleeps, where he now rests peacefully, and, I’m most confident, quite happily. I will miss him, always.

</div></blockquote>

Hang in there, Martha.

(AP Photo/Paul Hawthorne)

Emeril sells out to Martha for $50 mil

emeril-martha.jpg

Who knew “Bam!” had such market equity. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia forked over $45 million in cash and $5 million in stock to purchase the rights to Emeril Lagasse’s line of cookbooks, TV shows, and kitchen products yesterday. What’s more, according to the AP story on CNN, that sum could rise $20 million higher “if certain benchmarks are achieved.” Mind you, this does not include Lagasse’s restaurants — just the television and gadget rights.

Now, if only Martha could figure out a way to sweet talk the Katonah Village Improvement Society into giving her the same kind of deal for “Katonah.” If “Bam” is worth as much as $70 mil (including bonuses), a word twice as long is surly pushing a cool $150.

(AP Photo/The Martha Stewart Show, Anders Krusberg)

Pigs fly, NBC renews ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

The whole idea of doing “celebrity editions” of reality TV shows has always seemed like a surefire Jump-the-Shark tactic — as reliable a way to kill your show as casting Ted McGinley or having a surprise wedding episode — but clearly these rules don’t apply to “The Apprentice.” As we learned this week, NBC has decided to order up a second season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” and is super-sizing some of this season’s episodes to two hours.

app_celeb_logo.jpg

Why exactly the Martha Stewart edition of the show tanked and yet the Stephen Baldwin-Omarosa reboot is booming is beyond me. Perhaps it has something to do with the lack of competitive programming. Then again, with “Lost” back on the air, it’ll be interesting to see what happened to this week’s “Apprentice” numbers. (For the record, I watched “Lost” live and DVR’d Trump & Co.)

As Trump was eager to point out in the NBC press release, “‘Celebrity Apprentice’ [is] the #1 show on Thursday nights so far this year. Ben Silverman and his team have done a tremendous job and Mark Burnett and I are thrilled to begin an eighth season of this amazingly successful franchise.” An NBC rep even went so far as to call the celebrity-ized version “a game-changer for the series.”

Let’s just hope and pray that Ted McGinley gets cast for 2009.